Easy to Make! Curtains & Blinds (C&B Crafts) Hardcover – 2 Aug 2010
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About the Author
Wendy Baker is an international expert on interior design, with many years' experience creating truly inspirational designs for her clients. Her bestselling title The Complete Book of Curtains, Drapes and Blinds is also published by Collins & Brown.
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The book is a slim book, yet packs in all you need to know without the ruffles and fluff found in other curtain books. The latter actually do not contain (in my humble experience) enough sewing instructions for a complete newbie like myself. This book not only contains step by step pictorial instructions on how to make different types of curtains and blinds, but also a simple explanation and instructions for the various equipment and techniques necessary. Only on one occasion did I get slightly confused, but this was quickly rectified by cross checking with a How to video on youtube. My mother who is an experienced tailor has found this useful as a refresher.
So if you're looking to make curtains this book is an ideal place to start. I have to say though, if you are looking to make the 80's style fussy, frilly pelmets this isn't the book. It concentrates on clean modern lines.
The chapters on curtains and blinds give you step by step instructions on constructing the different styles along with large colourful diagrams and photos. At the end of the book there is a chapter on equipment and techniques.
This book is a useful guide to anyone looking to make curtains and blinds. It's easy to follow and gives you all the basics.
This review first appeared on The Sewing Directory.
As for roman blinds, it only shows single layer type blind made using roman blind tape, and doesn't explain lined roman blinds, or how to make your own casings instead of using the tape, or if you wanted blackout lining where that would go,for example. The diagrams for these are even more Mr Men-ish, if that's possible. I gave up after that. Sending it back. Oddly it has very clear, colour photos of equipment such as a pair of scissors, roll of thread, pincushion etc at the back. It would have been better to leave those out and concentrated on decent pictures of the actual steps.
I have given this book two stars instead of one as I haven't looked at the other examples - have wasted time looking at the two I actually wanted to learn about. Giving the book the benefit of the doubt maybe the other examples are better.
In short I feel this book has confused overly simple drawings with simplicity. This is my opinion but given the good ratings it has received from others, perhaps I am the odd one out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really straight forward and easy to follow for any level of seamstressPublished 6 months ago by Ms. Lisa M. Clemmens
An amateur at curtain making I have just come back after a number of years absence from this skill. Therefore purchased a number of publications to refresh my memory. Read morePublished 8 months ago by M.B.